Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

Imagine you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever – maybe Vicodin or Percocet. For many people, this wouldn’t pose a problem. For thousands of others, however, getting hooked on opioids through a valid prescription is a chilling reality. Once…

Dentists prescribe a whopping 12 percent of all opiate painkillers in the U.S.

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CDC Urges Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone – the kind prescribed for pain, not for chemical dependency – accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone Use and Abuse Methadone…

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    Imagine you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever – maybe Vicodin or Percocet. For many people, this wouldn’t pose a problem. For thousands of others, however, getting hooked on opioids through a valid prescription is a chilling reality. Once…

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    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one my triggers. It’s important to…

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    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it’s a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria – or “high” – that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, eventually leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken…

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    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when conjuring up images of a “typical” overdose victim is far from accurate. According to a 2014…

  • A new poll shows Virginia favors addiction treatment options in favor of jail time. Virginia Wants Treatment – Not Jail – For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders – and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems, incarceration did nothing to address the root cause. In fact, a bulk of those who were released came…

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